Tasmachchhastram pramanam te karyakaryavyavasthitau
Gnatva shastravidhanoktam karma kartumiharhasi (Geeta 16.24)
Very much like this verse from Srimad Bhagavad Geeta, MahārājShri’s life can be defined as simple, soulful, spiritual, dutiful and austere – Leading a simple life of an ascetic, yet fulfilling all the responsibilities and duties of a house-holder has been Mahārāj Shri’s key aspect.
Clad in crisp white dhoti-kurta with a white or saffron colour Uttaryam, he embodies the angelic soul that has descended from the heavenly abode to spread the message of peace and sprinkle seeds of knowledge on Earth.
As the spiritual being that he is, he fulfils all the morning rituals of prayers, keeps time for meditation or Dhyān to keep communicating to his Ātman and also spends ample time amidst nature.
As a social being, he has incorporated the Vishwa Jāgriti Mission, whose headquarters are at the Ānand Dhām Āshram. He visits the Ashram almost every day and gives motivational messages to all his followers there. He listens to all the followers patiently, answering all their queries and giving them advice in a paternal manner.
Being an austere and a householder, together can be a very tough endeavour as both have equal intensity of responsibilities and duties along with strict rules of adherence. Gliding through the waves of duties of both the roles, Mahārāj Shri has maintained a string of austerity and ascetics in his householder role with an unparalleled grace.
His Holiness’ meals are very simple, just as a hermit’s. He truly believes in a Sātvik lifestyle and his overall look as well as eating habits epitomises this.
Apart from all this, he also follows a routine to have some alone time, in his study, where he browses through books and newspapers to keep himself updated in literature and current affairs. He is a great gatherer of knowledge, whether it is in the form of interaction with various sorts of people and listening to their problems and resolving them with his immense wisdom, or by having a silent yet substantial and significant conversation with his books. His interests in reading range from mythology to autobiographies of great personalities, from History to Geography and from Nature to Humanity.
The true reflection of the lifestyle of a person is through the ideals that he follows – Ideals that reflect the level of evolution and knowledge of an individual. His Holiness Shri Sudhānshu Ji Mahārāj exemplifies what he preaches, i.e. living the life of a householder, yet maintaining austerity and simplicity in one’s life so that he is, in a way, better connected with his own self as well as to The Divine. “Simple yet truly fulfilling life…” in Mahārāj Shri’s words.
According to His Holiness, “a man must fulfil all duties that has been bestowed upon him and for which he has taken birth.” He reflects his own preaching as his highest ideal. Respect for the mankind, love for all creations – big or small and boundless respect for women are a few traits reflected in this pious soul.
His Holiness Mahārāj Shri truly enlivens the verse from Srimad Bhagavad Geeta,
“Karmanye Vā dhikāraste, Mā phaleshu kadā chana.
Mā Karma Phala hetur Bhurrmātey, Sangöstva Akarmani.”